Building Bridges: STOP Betsy DeVos - Protect Public Education
Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Betsy DeVos, Trumpâs Nominee for Education Secretary
is an Enemy of Public Schools
Carol Corbett Burris became Executive Director of the Network for
Public Education Foundation in August 2015, after serving as
principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School
District in NY since 2000. In 2010, she was named Educator of the
Year by the School Administrators Association of NYS and in 2013,
she was named SAANYS NYS High School Principal of the Year.
Dr. Burris co-authored Detracking for Excellence and Equity (2008)
and authored On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the 21st
Century Struggle against Re-segregation (2014). .
DeVos has not taught or worked in public schools, or been a parent of public-
school children, or earned experience or expertise as a leader, scholar, or
teacher educator in public school districts. Yto advance Trumpâs call to
deregulate and privatize, she would be ideal.
Through her family foundation (funded by the Amway fortune), and through
her personal role on boards for such advocacy organizations as Jeb Bushâs
Foundation for Excellence in Education, she has effectively leveraged her
wealth to shape policy, including the expansion of school-choice and
voucher programs, alongside the deregulation of charter schools. The
research is clear: none of these 'reforms' will strengthen public education
overall, and instead, have already proven to indirectly or even directly
Public education should be treated as a centerpiece for strengthening
any democratic nation, and what the U.S. needs now is not the heralding
of silver bullets but instead the investment in systemic reforms that draw on
both a sound body of research and a compelling vision of the promises of
public schools. The narrow and ill-informed vision and rhetoric put forth by
Trump and DeVos take us in the wrong direction.
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Protect Public Education - Stop Betsy DeVos!
Trumpâs nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary is a threat
to public education. DeVos has spent millions funding the privatization of
education in Michigan. The result? A failing school system where almost
80% of schools are run by private, for-profit companies. The charter
schools in Michigan, influenced by DeVosâs agenda, perform lower than
national averages, have been criticized for misuse of taxpayer funding,
and frequently shut down doors without warning or community input.
Adding to the alarm is the fact that DeVos has never held a professional
position in education in her life, but plans to lead the Department of
Education, where she would be in charge of overseeing and providing
equal access to quality education for all Americans.
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